Fulani man remanded in prison for killing 3-year-old son

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A magistrate’s court in Ilorin, Kwara State has remanded a 35-year-old Fulani herdsman, Mohammed Kariya of Gwasoro Fulani Camp in prison for allegedly hacking his son to death with a machete.

Around 2:30 pm, the accused allegedly went to the camp where his wife, Hada Mohammed, was residing on March 10, 2014, and hacked his three-year-old son, Hassan Mohammed, to death.

It was gathered from the police that Kariya repeated the same act on another three-year-old, Ahmed Usman, inflicting deep cuts on his stomach and rupturing his innards.

He is facing a two-count charge of causing grievous body damage and culpable homicide, contrary to sections 248 and 221 of the Penal Code of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The crime was reported by one Jibo Abubakar on March 15, 2014.

Bilikisu Adu, the police prosecutor, objected to a bail and requested the court to remand Kariya in prison, arguing that Kariya’s offences were “not ordinarily bailable” and that the court lacked jurisdiction to grant the accused bail. She argued that the accused might commit a similar offence and also tamper with on-going police investigation into the matter.

Magistrate Noah Ajide ordered that the accused to be remanded in prison, pending the determination of trial. He adjourned the case to April 14.

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